🎧 The War of 1812
🎧 American History Hit • 44m
In the early 19th century, amidst the Napoleonic wars, the British began restricting the United States’ trade with Europe. On top of this, the British Navy began recruiting American sailors by force. As a result, on 18th June, 1812, the US declared war. The conflict, between the United States and the British and their Native American allies, lasted until February 1815. With America still a very young nation, trying to assert itself on the world stage, it is often called the second American war of independence.
Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Thomas Ntinas. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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